Rural Trauma Team Development Course

The Rural Trauma Team Development Course© is oriented toward all members of the health care team who might be faced with providing care for the injured in environments with constrained resources. The most important components of quality care are a timely, organized, rational response to the care of the trauma patient, a team approach that addresses common problems in the initial assessment, and stabilization of the injured. It is the purpose of the RTTDC© to increase the efficiency of resource utilization and improve the level of care provided to the injured patient in the rural environment.

Course Objectives

  • Describe components of their state, regional, and local trauma system as it currently exists
  • Identify components of an effective trauma system
  • Describe what is necessary to develop a rural trauma team
  • Describe what is necessary to prepare for their local hospital's treatment of the critically injured trauma patient
  • Outline the components of the Primary Survey, Decision for Transfer to Definitive Care, and Secondary Survey
  • Demonstrate the concepts of the Primary Survey, Decision for Transfer to Definitive Care and Secondary Survey as applied in simulated injured patient scenarios

Course Participants

The RTTDC© course is designed for healthcare professionals who respond to and care for injured patients that have been designated as a "trauma" patient, and are responsible for the patient's care prior to the arrival at the rural hospital emergency department and the subsequent care provided at the rural facility.


Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit

OHSU School of Medicine, Division of CME, designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Nurse Contact Hours

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 8627, for 8.7 contact hours.